Rembrandt Peale, (Porthole) Portrait of George Washington
Rembrandt Peale, (Porthole) Portrait of George Washington, Senatorial Type II, signed lower left and inscribed on verso: painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1859, from his original portrait of 1795. Oil on canvas, 37 x 30 in.
Literature: Mentioned in The Art News, October 28, 1939, p. 26, on occasion of sale by Parke Bernet Galleries, Inc. New York, November 2. 1939, Number 52; illustrated in the catalog. Catalog was called Portraits of Washington by Rembrandt Peale from the Collection of the late John Wanamaker and of the late Rodman Wanamaker, Parke Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, November 2, 1939. Art News called it: "One of the highlights . . . is the masterful bust length portrait of George Washington by Rembrandt Peale, his astute biographer on canvas."
Provenance: John and Rodman Wanamaker, Philadelphia; Private Collector, Baltimore; Middendorf Collection, Washington, D.C.; sold April 1967 by Kennedy Galleries to Lansdell Christie; I purchased it from Christie's, Sale No. 8360, Lot 321, in January 1996.